Escaping to distant, exotic lands usually goes hand-in-hand with getting away from it all – work in particular. But a new breed of coworking spaces is bringing productivity to the beach.
Equipped with ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, recording rooms, and meeting spaces with ocean views, these are destinations to escape to for weeks – or months – at a time without guilt. Most come with on-site accommodation that could host your entire team for a brainstorming retreat. After all, light-bulb moments are far more likely to strike after a morning dip in the ocean than a metro commute.
Here are the best coworking spaces for true digital nomads.
Skyloft: Costa Rica
When you have panoramic views onto the beach and out over the Costa Rican coast from your coworking loft, what more do you need than a scattering of tan-coloured beanbag chairs and low-level crate tables? Modest but not rundown, this is hedonistic simplicity at its best. www.skyloftcostarica.com
Roam: Bali, Miami, Tokyo, London
An experimental co-living and co-working community, Roam advocates a subscription-based tribal living set-up. With prices starting from $500 a week, you get access to live/work space at any of the Roam outposts, which include Miami, Bali, Tokyo and London. The ultimate pay-as-you-go global adventure. Roam.co
Voted one of the Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to work in the world, this bamboo-constructed Balinese coworking retreat has it all; space to work, live and learn in the heart of the jungle with ergonomic chairs thrown in for good measure. There is even access to an on-site crèche. Hubud.org
The Box Jelly: Hawaii
If you are after more than just desk space, this Honolulu-based coworking space is a remote working dream thanks to bright, innovative add-ons including the sound-proofed ‘phone booth’ for making Skype calls and recording podcasts or the ‘white box’ for events and presentations. Theboxjelly.com
Ko Hub: Thailand
High speed connections in a laid back environment; a match made in tropical coworking heaven – 24/7. Set-up on the island of Koh Lanta, Ko Hub offers dense jungle views from bamboo platforms with ultra high-speed Wi-Fi and a private back-up generator. This lush retreat is one of the best coworking spaces in which to work, live and play. Kohub.org
The Surf Office, Europe
If you fancy a break en masse, just a hop, skip and a flight will get your whole team to one of the Surf Office’s live/work/surf retreats. Packages are tailored, concierge services are handled on Slack and you can pick from locations including Barcelona, Lisbon, Madeira and the Gran Canaria. www.thesurfoffice.com